Search Results: "Nancy Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Richard Henry Dana is a great hero of hers)—it was actually two months aft of the mast in a sixth-floor stateroom—but one leaves her book sensing she paints a genuine portrait. (20 b&w photos, map, not seen)"
This recounting of a Pacific run aboard a merchant marine ship from boating journalist Allen may be prosaic, but it is also lulling, as if it had caught the rhythm of wide ocean swells. Read full book review >

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BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST by Nancy Campbell Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"There is a standard traumatic back story for the titular beast, a soap opera-worthy exhumation scene, and, finally, a dramatic unmasking of the obvious villain, but the story has already run out of steam by then."
An updated fairy tale in steampunk England mixes old-school gothic and new-school paranormal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST FIRE by Nancy Kelly Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"An earnest effort but unengaging at best. (Picture book/folk tale. 5-8)"
An unsourced Cherokee folk tale tells of the origin of fire. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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THE SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY BOOKS EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT IN APRIL
by John DeNardo

April is bringing a whole new enticing batch of science fiction and fantasy books that will stretch your imagination. Here's a selection of the ones that will be generating the most buzz. You'll find fallen angels, Death's assistant, human refugees in space, a revolution against the One Percent, matriarchal lunar colonies, giant robots, genetic thrills, biotech-weird, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THIS LITTLE PIGGY’S BOOK OF MANNERS by Kathryn Madeline Allen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Amusing, cheerful instruction for the young formative preschooler. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a parody of the traditional nursery rhyme, Allen has created a humorous paradigm for etiquette and social behavior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ITSY MITSY RUNS AWAY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"The irresistible tug of clever language combines with visual pizzazz to make this runaway story a runaway hit. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Itsy Mitsy may be teeny tiny, but she has BIG issues with bedtime. Read full book review >

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ERIKA-SAN by Allen Say
by Allen Say, illustrated by Allen Say
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"Expert angles and a touching sense of stillness make this piece visually masterful even while conceptually disquieting. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Say's hallmark watercolors, beautifully composed and superbly detailed, illustrate this slightly unsettling shift of homeland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"This inspiring account of caring for a loved one with a brain injury will help guide anyone in a similar situation."
One couple's tale of struggle and ultimate triumph over a debilitating brain injury as relayed by both patient and caregiver. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO'S AT THE DOOR? by Jonathan Allen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A winning and funny variation on an old theme. (Picture book. 3-8)"
It's the shifty-eyed wolf at the pigs' door, but neither his several disguises (a blowzy old lady; a policeman) nor the mendacious reasons he offers for coming in (``I've locked myself out...Can I...use your phone?''; ``There's a suspicious old lady in the area'') deceive the three pigs; once they've had enough, they concoct their own disguise and frighten the wolf away with a satisfyingly clever role reversal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POOR LITTLE GUY by Elanna Allen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"A clear victory for a pufferfish and, more importantly, readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A small, bespectacled pufferfish must face the everyday reality of being a small fish in a world full of big fishes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUSIC FOR ALICE by Allen Say
FICTION
Released: March 29, 2004

"Each of Say's exquisite paintings tells a story; together they create a moving testament to a life of hard work and dreams—dreams that find fulfillment in unanticipated ways. (Picture book. All ages)"
Understated full-page water-color paintings and a spare text tell the life story of Alice Sumida, who "loved dancing more than anything else." Read full book review >